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Basic Black: Cornel West and Black Prophetic Fire

Basic Black: Cornel West and Black Prophetic Fire

Basic Black

October 24, 2014

In the aftermath of his arrest protesting the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man shot to death by a white police officer, Cornel West sits down for a conversation with Callie Crossley about his new book Black Prophetic Fire, an examination of the lives of historic African American icons and how their courage to speak truth to power still resonates with contemporary activism from the events in Ferguson, MO to taking a stand against the policies of the Obama Administration.

 

Photo credit: Meredith Nierman, WGBH.

 

Basic Black: Voting Matters in Black & White

Basic Black: Voting Matters in Black & White

Basic Black

October 17, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are in a dead heat in the Massachusetts governor's race.  The margin of error in the polls for both candidates is slim, but can voters in communities of color fill the margin with a victory, sending one of them to the governor's office? Are the campaigns of the independent candidates resonating with black, Latino, or Asian voters? This week on Basic Black, we look at how the candidates for governor are delivering their message to communities of color in the race to the finish line on November 4.

 

Basic Black: Ebola and Race | Policing Communities of Color

Basic Black: Ebola and Race | Policing Communities of Color

Basic Black

October 10, 2014

This week on Basic Black: perceptions and realities on two fronts. First, we take a look at Ebola and race.  With the death of Thomas Duncan attention has focused even more closely on his initial and subsequent contact with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas; although Mr. Duncan received round-the-clock care once admitted to the hospital, his case has raised questions about the relationship of communities of color, the poor, and the uninsured to the US health care system.  Also, the ACLU of Massachusetts released a report charging the Boston Police Department with racial bias, a charge the Department vigorously rejects, pointing to advances made in the last few years under the leadership of Commissioner William Evans.  But beyond the report, which only uses data from 2007-2010, how should we look at Boston's policing of communities of color in the context of the national conversation that sprung from events in Ferguson?

 
Photo: Licensed clinician Roseda Marshall, of Liberia, disrobes after a simulated training session on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

 

Basic Black: Politics in black and white... and color

Basic Black: Politics in black and white... and color

Basic Black

October 3, 2014

This week on Basic Black: an editorial cartoon about Secret Service lapses creates a firestorm and we look at Eric Holder's legacy in civil rights law and racial justice.  From special programs such as the death of Nelson Mandela and a deep dive into the causes of the racial eruption in Ferguson, MO, to an exploration of the rapid rise of black immigration in Massachusetts or the use of the n-word in major league locker rooms, Basic Black conversations respond in the moment to events in politics, culture, art, and community.
 

A Basic Black Special: Race and Ferguson Beyond The Headlines

A Basic Black Special: Race and Ferguson Beyond The Headlines

Basic Black

Rebroadcast September 26, 2014

It's been almost two months since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson, but the reverberations surrounding his death continue.  Brown's death was the fourth last summer in as many weeks in which an African American man was killed by law enforcement.  In a special conversation this week, Basic Black goes beyond the headlines to explore the racial, historical, and cultural underpinnings of the relationship of law enforcement to communities of color and the meaning of protest in a post-civil rights movement era.

After the Basic Black broadcast, PBS presents a special town hall conversation moderated by Gwen Ifill: America After Ferguson.

 


Photo:  A man is moved by a line of police as authorities disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 

"We Who Believe In Freedom:" 50 Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

"We Who Believe In Freedom:" 50 Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

Basic Black

June 6, 2014

Fifty years ago this summer, the modern civil rights movement was front and center on the nation's headlines, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law and Freedom Summer was in full swing in Mississippi.  But the struggle for racial equality, by law and in the voting booth, was from over and activists persisted in the fight often against systematic violent attacks including beating, arson, and murder.  This week on Basic Black we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the pivotal events of that summer and examine its impact on contemporary movements for racial, social and economic quality.

 

(Program title inspiration: Ella Baker, 1964; photo: from the upcoming film, Freedom Summer, by Stanley Nelson)

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